Outrage at "Jewish list" call in Hungary parliament
BUDAPEST (REUTERS) - A call in the Hungarian parliament for Jews to be registered on lists as threats to national security sparked international condemnation of Nazi-style policies and a protest outside the legislature in Budapest on Tuesday.
The lawmaker, from the far-right Jobbik party, dismissed demands he resign, however, and said his remarks during a debate on Monday had been misunderstood - he was, Mr Marton Gyongyosi said, referring only to Hungarians with Israeli passports.
Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside parliament, many wearing the kind of yellow stars forced on Europe's Jews in the 1940s and some chanting "Nazis go home" at Jobbik members.
"I am a Holocaust survivor," local Jewish leader Gusztav Zoltai said by telephone. "For people like me, this generates raw fear."